Alere Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Enjoyed working at Alere, but company has gone downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the colleagues have been great to work with, and i respect my direct management. Flexibility with scheduling and remote work.

    Cons

    Senior leadership and years of bad decisions have made this a disaster of a company. High turnover in the past couple of years reflect this decline.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the opinions and feedback of those who are working in field to understand the challenges of the environment, rather than dictating.

  2. OK company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management. Time off , free lunches, communication, support, coworkers ,pto

    Cons

    Low pay , too many tasks , too much work piled on, no ot ,bad supervisor, pay not equal to job task ,not enough staff , no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Think about decisions before placing someone in a new roll

  3. Helpful (1)

    Alere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People generally get along. In the fight together

    Cons

    Cant get out of their own way

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good experience, but only a stepping stone...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good hours, great benefits package, tuition reimbursement, 401K, free gym membership.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of team spirit. It's definitely you do your job and I'll do mine. No activities to get staff motivated. Alot of recent lay offs due to new management. Much uncertainty of ones future with this company. A lot of people where very unexpectedly laid off and walked out of the building with their belongings.

    Advice to Management

    Staff needs to feel appreciated.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Company in turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation has been above average.

    Cons

    Alere (formerly Inverness Medical) has always been a company to hire and fire with the ups and downs of each quarter's financials but since a group of "activist investors" have gained control of the Board of Directors many divisions of the company are being eliminated or spun-off and those remaining in the "core business" are having the long-term R&D programs terminated. What's the long term vision? My guess is to boost the stock price and sell what's left of the company for a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so reactive to crises and become more proactive to stop these things from ever happening in the first place. Clearly articulate the top 3 or 5 things that have to be done to stay in business in the next 5 years and then jettison all of the other distractions and pet projects.

  7. Lots of autonomy, not enough apreciation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High Risk Obstetric Nurse in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - High Risk Obstetric Nurse in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to use my skills fully and to focus on 1:1 patient time at their homes.

    Cons

    Pay completely not commensurate with experience, tends to be a top heavy company with a strong corporate culture that doesn't reward people for doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees well, and listen to them. Patient care suffers when you strip providers of power and under pay them and fail to acknowledge them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Relieved that I left.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas and good people.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of ideas. Everything rushed and disjointed. Too many goals with too few people.

    Advice to Management

    Work smarter.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Did not enjoy my time there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good people working there, interesting technology but getting a bit dated to very dated. Good compensation / benefits. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Compliance challenges (seems to be lots of issues with basic GMP compliance; always in a rush to get compliance tasks done but seldom concerned about taking the time to get things right the first time; unrealistic timelines with same core of knowledgeable people assigned to projects; management by chaos. Employment instability (frequent lay offs, always waiting for the ax to fall). Too much dependence on temp workers that are not invested in company/quality. No bonuses or stock options (at least at the middle management level and below). Many stressed out people.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in real project management. Don't cut corners on / rush through compliance issues.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Rambling wreck of an organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment. A broad menu of rapid diagnostic tests. Global company with impressive growth curve since being founded in 1991.

    They were just able to unload their health management division for $600M; thus, they just may be able to return to their core competencies.

    Cons

    Douche-bag, back-stabbing culture of corporate misfits. The company acquisition strategy has compiled a lot of dead wood and lots of bad debt. Terrible communication across the company as many divisions still operate on separate platforms. Poor morale...

    Advice to Management

    The Peter Principle

  11. Helpful (1)

    Out of Control

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people willing to do everything they can to be successful

    Cons

    Terrible leadership, No accountability, Poor Product Quality, No Focus on Customer

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